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Elite Pros Return to Crawfish Festival

The Elite Redfish Tournament Series Returns to St. Bernard Parish

Orlando, FL: Today, Headturners3, LLC, producer of the professional one angler per boat redfish tournament series will make it’s return in 2017 to St.16903481_1438252169578794_2620518503157032093_o (1) Bernard Parish and take place in the 2017 Louisiana Crawfish Festival, in Chalmette.  

The dates of this event are March 24-25-26 and allow all anglers competing in the series to fish 2 days of head to head competition for a full state allowed creel limit of 5 live redfish per day.

At the conclusion of day 2, the top 5 anglers with the heaviest 2 day total weights will move on to fish day 3 and weigh in at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival grounds from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. 

  • Captain’s dinner and meeting Thursday March 23rd, location t.b.a.
  • Launch all 3 days at Hopedale Marina located at 7600 Hopedale Hwy, St Bernard, LA 70085
  • Weigh in Friday/Saturday at 3:00 pm at Hopedale Marina 7600 Hopedale hwy, St. Bernard, LA 70085
  • Weigh in Sunday at 6:00 PM at Louisiana Crawfish Festival grounds on 8245 West Judge Perez Dr. – Chalmette, LA. – 70043

This festival is known for big crowds, great food, terrific bands and a lot more. However, what many may not know is this festival and the organizers (spearheaded by Cisco Gonzales Sr.) raises thousands and thousands of dollars for many local charities. Last year that number topped $105,000.00 and is the driving force behind everyone that works so hard to make the Louisiana Crawfish Festival happen.

From 2011 to 2015 the Elite Redfish Series began each season at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival and after a brief time off the Elite pros are chomping at the bit to get back to the festival and those surrounding it that had became like family to the tour, it’s anglers, staff, families and fans. One could say, it feels like, the Elite Redfish Series is coming home.

17097716_1440715435999134_4387300285946593354_oComing off of a huge event at Mardi Gras 2017 SE Texas these pros not only know how to fish, but how to entertain as well. The crowds will see big fish and big personalities but they will also enjoy the stories and antics of these pros as they deliver the first hand account of their battle on the bayou when they hit the stage.

The Elite Redfish Series is a single angler per boat series, no teammates or draw partners. However, the Elite Marshal system has been a tremendous success and affords the weekend angler, enthusiast, parish, city or state official or just a fan of the outdoors to ride along with a different pro each day to see the what, when and how’s of what these pros do.

No special qualifications are needed to Marshal as long as one is in good heath, 21 years of age or older and able to handle the excitement of seeing big Louisiana redfish caught while controlling the urge to help.

Plan to join us and the fine folks from a great community March 24 and 25 at Breton Sound Marina in Delacroix for the preliminary rounds weigh in and then of course right by the main stage at Sunday’s final weigh in, taking place later in the day when the biggest crowds are gathering.

For more information about becoming a Marshal for this event or a competitor in the series, please click this link, drop us an email at info@eliteredfishseries.com and/or join over 10,000 other Elite Nation fans on the Elite Facebook fan page

Click to view TV episodes from 2016 on the Elite Redfish Series here. 

Click to view a short video snippet of Elite Anglers being driven through Mardi Gras parade at last event.


About St. Bernard Parish: SBP contains a large community of Spanish descent. Sometimes referred to informally as “Spanish Cajuns”, the Isleños are descended from Canary Islanders.

This linguistically isolated group eventually developed its own dialect. This settlement was first called La Concepcion and Nueva Galvez by Spanish officials, but was later renamed Terre aux Boeufs and Tierra de Bueyes for “land of cattle”, because nearby areas were used for cattle grazing.

Saint Bernard, the patron saint of colonial governor Bernardo de Galvez, was used in documents to identify the area.

The chief historical attraction in St. Bernard Parish is the Chalmette National Historical Park (or Chalmette Battlefield), at which the Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812.

Many street names near the battlefield bear the names of the chief participants, or take a pirate theme, since the pirate Jean Lafitte was considered to be a hero in the battle.

A high school, later elementary and now a middle school, was named in honor of Andrew Jackson, who was the commanding officer in charge of defending New Orleans against the British invasion.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln mentioned St. Bernard Parish in the Emancipation Proclamation as an area not in rebellion against the Union during the Civil War. 

From 1919 to 1969, the parish was effectively ruled as part of the fiefdom of Leander Perez, a local Democratic official in neighboring Plaquemines Parish.

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